Qatar 2022 – Zone CONMEBOL
- Colombia – Argentina, poster for the eighth day of qualifying in the CONMEBOL.
- Traveling to Paraguay, Brazil wants to continue its flawless.
- Red lantern, Peru hopes to take off in Ecuador
The eighth day of the South American qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™ promises tension on all levels, even though the program has only one direct opposition in the upper part of the standings. FIFA.com presents the forces involved.
Colombie – Argentine, Roberto Meléndez Metropolitan Stadium (Barranquilla)
Thanks to his large victory in Peru, the Colombia (6th) was full of confidence before facing theArgentine (2nd), still undefeated. A new meeting not to be missed if she wants to climb into the leading car.
Their forwards did not find the net on the final matchday, but Reinaldo Rueda’s charges made the difference in aerial play, a key area against a side that have conceded just three goals in five matches. .
Lionel Scaloni threw four players into the deep end in Chile, where his team did not show their best face. Fortunately, theAlbiceleste has enough talent to find variations that can improve his offensive performance.
At the state : Argentina remain in five games unbeaten against Colombia in qualifying. She recorded two draws and three victories, including two obtained away (1-0 in 2015 and 2-1 in 2011). The Coffee growers achieved their last home victory, 1-0, in 2009.
The other meetings
After successfully passing the Ecuadorian test, the Brazil (1st) goes to Paraguay (4th) for the only confrontation between teams which, in addition to being undefeated, would qualify for the World Cup if the campaign ended today. Asunción now looks like an impregnable fortress for Auriverde, who have not won there since 1985 (two draws and two losses). For the locals, the challenge will be to find the loophole in the rearguard of Tite, impervious during four of the five days contested to date.
As for theEcuador (3rd), he will try to get back on track at home against a Peru (10th) in great difficulty, red lantern with only one point on the clock. In Quito, the Tri presents an impressive record so far: two wins in two matches and 10 goals scored. The White-red can still give balm to the heart with this statistic: it remains on three consecutive successes against Ecuador in the playoffs, including one obtained away (2-1, in 2017).
Irregular so far, theUruguay (5th) travels to Caracas to face a Venezuela (9th) in lack of points. The Celeste will still have to compose without Edinson Cavani, suspended, who scored the goal of the last victory on Venezuelan soil (1-0, in 2013). She can be reassured by noting that she has not lost for seven meetings against her opponent of the day in the context of qualifying (two wins and five draws). The Red wine must, for her part, find her way to the goal: in her four defeats in the current campaign, she has scored only once.
The Chili (7th) has not won for two days and wants to end this series against the Bolivia (8th), which he beat six times out of seven in Santiago in qualifying (record completed by a draw). The point obtained in Argentina gave balm to the heart of the Roja but she will have to confirm at home. The Bolivians have their source of motivation very found: in case of victory, they will overtake their opponents of the day in the standings.
The player to watch
André Carrillo (Peru)
With three units, the 29-year-old striker is the Peruvian top scorer in this preliminary competition, but like his team, he has been silent for three matches. “Bad times don’t last forever,” announced the Culebra after the defeat against Colombia. To put an end to it, his agreement with Paolo Guerrero will be essential to the White-red.
Did you know ?
The encounter between Colombia and Argentina will result in one match in the match: defender Cristian Romero, who started with theAlbiceleste against Chile, will have to watch Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel, his teammates at Atalanta Bergamo. The Juventus-loaned player was voted Serie A’s best defender, while the Colombians both scored 37 goals (15 and 22 respectively).